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tv   The Communicators  CSPAN  December 27, 2014 6:30pm-7:01pm EST

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>> it's hyper linked to our cite at the communicators. >> i was interested you included the daily show. why did you do that? >> we've seen in the last years of asking about media consumption and where people turn for news that people are getting news and current events from those late night shows. and so we did want to include them to get a sense of who is turning to those and where they fall in the mix. >> i was surprised to see the daily show tends to be quite well trusted. i'm looking here and it looked to be about fifth or sixth down on this chart here with liberals. and even a satire program is right in the middle there. do you really think that the liberals when they go to these sites they are only getting
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their news from these sites or other places as well? >> there are a mix of outlets people tend to go to. >> why y do the liberals have more of a mix than the conservatives? >> we didn't ask people the why question. but it is consistent when you look along the line of the audience profiles of that audience mix and then the range of outlets named when you ask people about their main source. >> but there are still quite a few conservative outlets out there along with fox news. but fox news is so dominant. was it the most dominant news source out of any of the ones you were looking at? >> absolutely for any that were named by these five groupings nobody came close to having half of a group name them as their main source of news other than fox news. so clearly it's the orientation
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around a singular source like that that is unique to the conservative ideological group. >> three national newspapers, "new york times," wall street journal and "usa today," how did they play overall in the country. >> wall street journal has an audience profile with more of a mix and more towards the middle, partly there is a dick toirl board that leans conservative, but also a swath of the american public overall that trust and tends to go to that outlet for news. the "new york times," as i mentioned earlier ends up in one that is more followed by liberals, that tended to be in the mix of those that consistent liberals turn to at twice the right and "usa today" is one
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that doesn't actually appear very much in the top sources that people name that they turn to. but will fall -- i'm going to look to see where they fall among the mix but not as strong of a poll in either direction. >> just to go to the trust factor referenced earlier, "usa today" is one of the more trusted sites along with cbs, abc, nbc and cnn. who was not included that you kept out for whatever purpose? >> i should say we did not keep outlaw lets for any purpose. the chal listening was being able to finalize a list of 36. that was the limit that we had when it came to the survey quest nare design. we could not cram anymore logos into the buttons people had to
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push on their screen. that was a challenge. you'd love to ask about 100 if you could and get a sense about those. there are certainly other outlets out there people turn to for news and in the kind of information environment that we have today, especially you get even those that are hyper local orientations or other outlets, it would be very hard to try to really have the entire scope of sources that people could turn to for news. >> how important is local news? >> local news is critical and local tv still appears among the top, particularly those that are along the mixed ideological spectrum for information about government and politics. local television continues to be a top named source when it comes to news and political news also. >> and what is the feature of this? the american trance panel will continue on, what studies will come from pugh next.
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>> there are a number of surveys not all of which are focused on political porlization but we continue to examine the question of political porlarization in our country. we have a big area of reserning looking at the ecology of local news. we're looking forward to having that come out in the coming months. >> amy mitchell, we've seen your report about viewers but i'm sure the news outlets probably have a good idea of who their viewers are too. does that change their coverage? >> i think only the outlets themselves could answer that question. >> amy mitchell, the report is on line at pugh and linked to our site at at the communicators.
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thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. >> thank you. >> c-span created by america's cable companies 35 years ago and brought to you as a public service by your local cable provider. tonight on c-span a conversation with supreme court justice kagan. she talked about her career and approach to law and relate stories from behind the scenes at the supreme court. >> the hearings you see on tv are the tip of the iceberg. you have to wander around and talk to tall senators. i think i did 82 of them. what was striking was how many of them both republicans and democrats wanted to talk to me about the second amendment and about guns. there is a kind of -- there are rules about what you can ask at
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these kind of is itdowns or at least there are rules about what i could say so they knew they couldn't ask me very direct questions about what i thought of particular cases or issues. so they would come up with these proxies and they were along the lines of so do you hunt? and i went through just countless of these interviews and my answers were so pathetic. no. do you know anybody who hunts? not really. and so i was sitting down with one of the senators from idaho who has a ranch and who is a great hunter himself and he was telling me all about his hunting and how important this was to many of his constituents and i totally understand why. and why many senators would want to know these kinds of things.
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and so it was late in the day. it was my 93rd interview and i said you know senator, if you'd like to invite me hunting, i'd really be glad to come. and this look of abject horror came over his face. and i realized i've gone a little too far. i said senator, i didn't mean to invite myself to your ranch but i will tell you that if i'm lucky enough to be confirmed, i'll ask my colleague to take me hunting because i grew up in new york, i didn't have this experience but i understand why this matters to you and i'll commit to do that for you. and so when i got to the court, i went over to justice scalia i can't's chambers and i told him the story. and he thought it was hilarious.
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i said this is the single promise i made in 82 office interviews. so he said well, i guess i have to let you fulfill that promise. >> you can see all of that conversation with supreme court justice. new year's day on the c-span networks, here are some of our featured programs --
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liberty at the annual steam boat conference. it is about one hour. >> thank you very much. what a great event this is and what wonderful, warm people are here. i can barely catch my breath. way up here in colorado [laughter] lord acton is the name we chose for the icon of the actin institute which attempts to engage religious thinkers on the morals of things like private property, free trade, the rule of law and the


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